29 June 2012

'Use Your Hands for Happiness': PhD Opportunities

  AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award opportunity to potential candidates:
  'Use Your Hands for Happiness': crafts practice as a means of building
  community assets, health and well-being.
  University College Falmouth(Cornwall),
  in partnership with Arts for Health Cornwall.
  Mode of Study:              Full time, for three years
  Application Deadline:   13th July 2012
  Interview date:               25th July 2012
  Start date:                      1 October 2012
  Funding:                        Fees and a stipend of £14,140 per year
                                        (plus £1500 p/a research expenses)
  Supervisors:                   Dr Fiona Hackney (University CollegeFalmouth)
                                         Dr Nicola Thomas (Geography, University of Exeter)
                                         Ms Jayne Howard (Arts for Health Cornwall)
  This AHRC doctoral studentship focuses on the diverse ways in which
  craft practice - particularly creative hobby crafts - can enhance the
  well-being and health of communities in primary care health practice
  initiatives or as part of creative arts health programmes. It takes an
  'asset-based' approach to crafts and aims to examine how an art for
  health agency can build on the inherent skills, competencies and
  creativity in communities, while paying attention to the relationship
  between social and cultural capital when agencies work with community
  groups. The project develops from the AHRC network Connecting Craft and
  Communities http://connectingcraftcommunities.wordpress.com/ and it is
  envisaged that questions of craft within social networks, creative and
  embodied practices will be central themes.
  The award is available as a three-year full-time AHRC studentship. It
  pays fees and an annual maintenance grant (currently £14,140 per year)
  (UK/EU residency requirements, expectation of a Masters degree in a
  cognate humanities/social science discipline), with Arts for Health
  Cornwall contributing a further £1,500 per annum for the student¹s
  research expenses.
  Informal enquiries before the submission date can be sent to Dr Fiona
  Hackney on Fiona.Hackney@falmouth.ac.uk or for application queries
  please contact Jemma.Julian@falmouth.ac.uk,  tel. 01326 255831